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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Rain, at last!
Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally November 29, 2016
Rain, at last Well, the rain finally came. I knew it would have to rain sometime, but we hardly ever had to wait so long! The last rain of any significance we had at the farm was on Sept. 15. That's a long time (75 days) for plants to go without a drink of water. Luckily, all of the plants that were established had their own connection to a water supply under ground. We have a high water table and our soil retains moisture more than most. Those two things help us make it through a drought. We did some watering, but not a lot. The problem was trying to get crops started after that Sept. 15 rain. The cover crop I sowed before the rain has done well, but that I sowed after had not germinated well at all. Yesterday I got out and sowed fresh cover crop seed on all the bare places. I am hoping it is not too late for those seeds to germinate and get established. Next week look for a soft green fuzz on all the fields!
Lunch box peppers win the popularity contest Almost everyone loves these sweet, crunchy peppers! They have very few seeds, so they can be eaten whole as a snack packed in a lunch box, hence the name, or any number of ways. I have heard reports from CSA members that the peppers are gone before they get home!
The peppers take nicely to being stuffed with cheese,as an appetizer. They also are good, sliced on salads, or in stir frys, or used as you would a bell pepper. I have dried some of my peppers and they are tasty that way also.
We took the pepper plants out of the hoop house and have replaced them with white Russian kale, which is very winter hardy and tasty.
This week you will have a sample of the fall radishes we grow here at Cane Creek Farm. Green meat, red meat or watermelon radishes and the long white Daikon all are large and spicy fall treats. These radishes are good in salads, but also can be pickled and roasted. Check out some of the recipes on the internet if you want to cook with your radishes. Here are some ideas of what to do with daikon. These would also be appropriate for green meat, which is kinda like a green daikon. Here is a site for watermelon radish ideas. I love the title - If Cinderella was a vegetable, she would be a watermelon radish.
Organic Growing Class will start Saturday, February 11 and run for 7 sessions, every other Saturday. The class meets here at the farm and includes plenty of hands on instruction. Digital make up classes and farm time are available, when needed.
Photo above - crispy salad turnips are sweet and a great addition to a fall salad
This Week's Share
Please Wash your produce before eating
Medium Lunch box Peppers Bell Peppers Rainbow carrots Curly mustard Fall radishes Salad turnips Arugula
Large All of the above, plus Pimento peppers Sweet potatoes Eggplant